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London's 5 happiest boroughs that make complete sense when you also see the full list of the richest

MyLondon 24/01/2023 Seren Hughes

The London boroughs where people are happiest have been revealed, and you probably won't be surprised by which ones they are as they are also some of the richest in the capital. Rightmove's latest Happy at Home study found the happiest place to live is St Ives in Cornwall, followed by Galashiels in the Scottish Borders, with Woodbridge in Suffolk in third place.

But Rightmove also ranked the London boroughs, and one of them is also the 11th happiest place to live nationally, while another is in the top 50 nationally, too. Taking the crown for the happiest London borough is Richmond upon Thames.

In second place is Islington, followed by Westminster in third and Wandsworth and Southwark in fourth and fifth respectively. Several of these boroughs are known to be more leafy and prosperous, but they're also some of the wealthiest too.

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Islington buildings lined with trees © kkong5/Getty Images Islington buildings lined with trees

When it comes to median and mean incomes, Westminster ranks second, Wandsworth third, Richmond upon Thames fifth, and Islington 10th out of the London boroughs.

But what is so great about each of these boroughs? Richmond upon Thames feels like its not in London with the spaciousness of Richmond Park and the beauty of Kew Gardens. If that wasn't enough, there's also the River Thames, some fantastic riverside pubs, and a picturesque town centre filled with great shops, cafes, and restaurants.

Islington is less green, but still has several popular parks and Islington itself is a thriving centre. Transport links are great in the borough thanks to the Northern, Piccadilly, and Victoria lines.

Aside from the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Soho and all the other tourist destinations, the City of Westminster also has several parks - Regents Park, Hyde Park, Green Park, and St James' Park. Some of the wealthiest streets in London are in this borough.

Wandsworth also has great access to green space and the river, and areas like Putney and Tooting Bec feel worlds away from the busy city while also being well-connected to the centre.

Finally, Southwark - yet again lots of parks in this borough (there's undeniably another trend here around that), the river, and some popular spots such as the London Bridge area and trendy Bermondsey.

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